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Heidi is an expert communicator, leader, strategist and journalist who is passionate about helping organizations achieve their full potential. More than two decades in various roles in news media and in corporate leadership honed her ability to articulate purpose and vision, engage and inspire teams, and reach key stakeholders with compelling communications. As a senior strategist, Heidi provides superior service and strategic counsel to many clients.
Prior to joining Nyhus, Heidi served as vice president of communications and external relations at McKinstry, a national, Seattle-based facilities and energy-efficiency company, where she led brand stewardship, internal and external communications, marketing, and philanthropic and community-engagement efforts.
Prior to joining McKinstry, Heidi was deputy managing editor for strategy and product development at The Seattle Times. In that capacity, Heidi was based in the newsroom and led interdisciplinary teams to inspire change and develop strategic business initiatives, new products, and marketing and communications projects. Prior to that role, Heidi managed The Times newsroom’s visual and technical functions, including photo, design, graphics and news technology.
In addition to The Times, Heidi has worked in numerous capacities at The Denver Post, The Phoenix Gazette (Ariz.) and The Bellingham Herald (Wash.).
Heidi serves as chair of the board of KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio and is a committee member for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is a professional mediator, certified by the King County Dispute Resolution Center. Heidi actively supports a number of nonprofit organizations in north-central Washington’s Methow Valley, arguably the most beautiful place on Earth.